• 66°

Talkback: What readers are saying online about …

Why buy the property and lose the property tax money if it’s not necessary? … We don’t have a manufacturing base to tax so give the people of Kannapolis a break and stop taxing them to death in order to fill the chosen few’s pockets. Let us keep some of our money. The government cannot be everything to everybody.
— Phil Meacham

I respect Mr. Murdock as a businessman. … However, I think that Mr. Meacham might have a very good point. I think we need to keep this property in the tax base. If Mr. Murdock wishes to dispose of the property, let’s lead him to a dialog with existing businesses in the area that specialize in development opportunities. I think our elected representatives already have a full plate to deal with. … [The condition of city streets should have a higher priority than Mr. Murdock’s potential property sales.
— Jeff Conway Sr.
The sheriff has done a superb job in giving the Parsons enough rope to hang themselves on the public assistance fraud charges, until Erica or her remains are located and other crimes may be charged if sufficient evidence exists to move forward. Once the couple is separated in different jail cells, more of the truth is likely to come out.
— Jeff Morris

My thoughts are that they should most definitely give lie detector tests to Casey and Jamie Parsons. Somebody knows more than they are telling and they know what happened to Erica.
— Margaret Brown

It seems as if these current charges may just be the beginning of their discomfort, but I agree that it takes a while to accumulate these financial records in order to charge them. We, as the concerned public really care what happened to this child. Lets hope that info is forthcoming…God bless this little girl.
— Anne Dellinger Craig

The rest is soon to come. Excellent work Sheriff Auten and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
— Frank Pleasants
Name one other private employer where unknown strangers are allowed and encouraged to access nearly every part of their building? There is a difference. Do we really need an armed audience at every budget hearing, rezoning, etc? If your answer is yes, then the county employees deserve to be equally armed, and in my opinion, trained to effectively defend themselves.
— David Anderson

A law-abiding citizen isn’t going to be the problem at any of these places. The criminal that won’t care if there is a rule will carry anyway. Guns can get into some of the most secure locations if the criminal wants it to. … It was against the law to carry a gun on school property at Columbine and Sandy Hook. Did that stop the shooter? No, but a teacher trained to carry could have stopped them sooner. I’m not saying everyone should carry, but I do believe it should be allowed if the person is trained.
— Bubba Gregory

I never go anywhere without my gun, unless it is not allowed. … I can only imagine some of the angry people our county workers have to deal with. I think they should be allowed to conceal carry as long as they have been trained properly.
— Crystal Gale
It doesn’t take much research to see that there will be a tremendous teacher shortage in North Carolina within 3 or 4 years. There’s already a shortage of hard-to-fill positions such as Exceptional Children, Math and Science. High school students are deciding against entering teacher education programs in NC colleges and universities. It won’t be easy (or quick) to re-start that pipeline.
— Ron Turbyfill

Our teachers are the ones who teach the potential CEOs of our world. Unless we start paying teachers a better salary, Rowan County will not be producing any CEOs for our future. To me, teaching is at the top in importance in educating smart, confident children that will provide for their and our futures.
— Jennifer J. Doering

Let’s hope that NC colleges and universities keep their teacher education programs open. There are schools in our area that are seriously considering terminating their programs due to declining enrollments.
— Reginald Brown

Comments

Comments closed.

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday

High School

Carson rolls over South 41-0 as about 600 allowed in to see season opener for both

Education

East Spencer after-school program looks toward opening, nonprofit status

Lifestyle

Frank Ramsey inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame

College

Livingstone’s Stoutamire inducted into 2021 CIAA Hall of Fame

Nation/World

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus

13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10